Bear with me, this is long, but I hope this can be a thread that helps others too.
It seems to me that the major sticking point for me (and many of us) is acceptance. I UNDERSTAND that I have anxiety. But when I experience physical symptoms, I am unable to ACCEPT that those feelings come from that anxiety. I foolishly believe that, if it "really is just anxiety," that my very understanding that I have anxiety should be enough to PREVENT those feelings from EVER happening. So when they do, and when those feelings are extreme, I toss "understanding" out the window and immediately rush back to a belief that I am dying of a brain tumor, heart condition, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and so on down the line to whatever illness it is that a doctor (who I see frequently) could have missed most recently.
Having read Claire Weekes, having been in therapy for almost a year, and having spent so much time here and talking with others, it seems to me that I have an acceptance problem. I cannot seem to get my brain to move from understanding what anxiety can and does do to me to accepting that it is doing that and no longer panicking at the physical symptoms it produces. This is where I am stuck.
I have stacks of CBT worksheets and a journal. I do meditation and yoga. I get massages and see a chiropractor. But the moment my physical symptoms pass a certain threshold, it's like none of it matters.
I have yet to find a strategy that allows me to work towards actual acceptance. Have any of you? Any suggestions, no matter how silly, are totally welcome. I am absolutely shameless when it comes to trying solutions. How do we accept this? How do we get to the point where we feel a physical sensation like extreme dizziness and accept that it is part of our anxious condition and not a separate, severe illness?